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Family Law QuestionsThe Family Courts in New York have jurisdiction of various kinds of domestic matters, including but not limited to, child custody, visitation, child support and spousal maintenance. The experienced family law attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates have successfully represented thousands of clients in various types of Family Court matters over the past two decades.


The New York State Courts accept many different types of agreements regarding child custody and visitation. Which schedule is right for you is a decision that you and your family should decide for yourselves as well as your children. Contact Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates today to learn how we can arrange a prepare a custody and visitation agreement that is best for you and your children.

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Child support is an ongoing, periodic payment by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. A non-custodial parent’s obligation to pay child support arises after a divorce or separation or when unmarried parents establish paternity. Child support is a legal obligation for the financial benefit of the parties’ child or children. If you are involved in a child support dispute, require assistance with child support enforcement, or would like to establish a child support arrangement either inside or outside of the courtroom, the attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates are here to help.



The New York Family Court oversees petitions for spousal maintenance, sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support, as well as the modification or enforcement of existing orders of spousal maintenance.

There are approximately twenty different factors the courts in New York look at to decide whether or not to award spousal maintenance. Pursuant to the Family Court Act 412, these factors include:

  • The age and health of the parties;
  • The present or future earning capacity of the parties, including a history of limited participation in the workforce;
  • The need of one party to incur education or training expenses;
  • the termination of a child support award before the termination of the maintenance award when the calculation of maintenance was based upon child support being awarded which resulted in a maintenance award lower than it would have been had child support not been awarded;
  • The wasteful dissipation of marital property, including transfers or encumbrances made in contemplation of a matrimonial action without fair consideration;
  • The existence and duration of a pre-marital joint household or a pre-divorce separate household;
  • Acts by one party against another that have inhibited or continue to inhibit a party’s earning capacity or ability to obtain meaningful employment;
  • The availability and cost of medical insurance for the parties;
  • The care of children or stepchildren, disabled adult children or stepchildren, elderly parents or in-laws provided during the marriage that inhibits a party’s earning capacity;
  • The tax consequences to each party;
  • The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage;
  • The reduced or lost earning capacity of the payee as a result of having forgone or delayed education, training, employment or career opportunities during the marriage;
  • The contributions and services of the payee as a spouse, parent, wage earner and homemaker and to the career or career potential of the other party; and
  • Any other factor which the court shall expressly find to be just and proper.
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Stephanie Mathiesen & Todd Zimmer Receiving “Best Of LI Award”

If you are seeking spousal maintenance, or to modify an existing order of spousal maintenance, the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates can represent you to ensure that all of your interests are protected.

The Family Law attorneys at the law firm of Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates represented many families like yours throughout New York and is ready to assist you in achieving a positive resolution to your Family Court case. Contact Us Today For FREE Immediate Expert Consultation. 

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